The regular-season opener for the Glen Rose High School varsity girls basketball team at Comanche this Saturday has been canceled, but the Lady Tigers will have their first game on Tuesday at home.
GRHS girls basketball head coach Ramsay Ghazal said on Wednesday that with the school’s volleyball team qualifying for the Region I-4A tournament this weekend, he talked to the Comanche coach about possibly moving the starting time of that game, but both schools ultimately decided not to reschedule the contest.
The Lady Tigers will open the 2017-2018 season Tuesday at home in Tiger Arena against De Leon. The junior varsity game is set for 5 p.m., to be followed by the varsity contest at about 6:15, Ghazal said.
“We lost to De Leon last year. Hopefully we’ve gotten better over the year,” Ghazal said.
The Lady Tigers have some obstacles to overcome starting the season, however, and it goes beyond waiting for three varsity volleyball players — Logan Smith, Laiken McAnear and Ally Andress — to join the squad when their season concludes.
Three other players who Ghazal had been counting on to hep the varsity are out with knee injuries that might keep them sidelined for the entire season. They are juniors Presley Grace and Collie Keller, along with sophomore Cora Dodson.
Last Saturday in Glen Rose, the Lady Tigers had a successful three-way scrimmage with Huckabay and Dublin.
Ghazal said the Lady Tigers outscored Huckabay 21-2 in a timed quarter, then topped Dublin 19-0 in a quarter. That was followed by a lower-scoring quarter against Huckabay again, which the Lady Tigers won 9-6, followed by a 24-6 win over Dublin in the final quarter of the scrimmage.
“We played well,” said Ghazal, whose team had already outscored Hico in a four-quarter scrimmage the previous week. “Huckabay is projected to be highly ranked (in Class A), and we came out and looked really good against them.”